Oshkosh sees strong momentum for revitalization in Sawdust District

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY-TV) The city of Oshkosh says momentum for revitalization is strong in its Sawdust District.

That's largely brought on by a development we've been telling you about since last year, The Menominee Nation Arena, home of the Bucks G-League basketball team.

"The Herd and everything else going on, we're excited to have all this development," said Dave Kinderman, Owner of The Brooklyn Grill.

Kinderman has owned The Brooklyn Grill for 14 years in what is now known as the Sawdust District.

An area that used to be a busy spot for manufacturing.

While that history lives on, new developments have arrived.

The Granary has reopened as a brew pub

"To bring back what people loved so much but just with a new modern twist with it," said Emilie Bach, Granary’s General Manager.

And the 5th Ward Brewing Company opened last month.

"Just really wanted to be centrally located in Oshkosh, known as Oshkosh's neighborhood brewery," said Ian Wenger, Co-Owner of 5th Ward Brewing Company.

Both places say Wisconsin Herd games bring good business.

While they already made plans to move in prior to the Herd announcement, they hope to be a strong part of the Sawdust revitalization.

"Revitalizing a part Oshkosh that was so important and so lively in the past," said Wenger.

“And we just want people to be like yep, now we want to come down there,” Bach said. “It's such an amazing place."

Oshkosh says while the Sawdust District is piquing interest, no new development plans have been set.

But the city hopes places like 5th Ward Brewing Company can set an example

"A great opportunity for other folks to see what could be in the area."